Judge halts deportation of detained NYC pizza delivery man

Judge halts deportation of detained NYC pizza delivery man
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A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay of deportation to the New York City pizza deliveryman who was detained last month after delivering pizza to a military base. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled that the man facing deportation, Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, may stay in the country for the time being, according to court documents posted by Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfield

“Is there any concept of justice or are we just doing what we want here?” Crotty asked during arguments over Villavicencio Caleron's detention on Tuesday, according to Courthouse News.

A soldier called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Villavicencio while he was delivering pizzas to a military base last month. 

Villavicencio was then taken into immigration jail in Manhattan. He has been detained by ICE for 53 days, according to local news outlet WRAL.com

Villavicencio, who is from Ecuador, received an open order of deportation in 2010 but did not leave the country. In 2013, he married a naturalized citizen and applied for permanent residency. 

A judge earlier this month temporarily blocked Villavicencio's deportation, but no final decision has been made.

“There aren’t any words that can define the drama that my daughters and I are living,” Villavicencio's wife Sandra Chica said after he was detained. "From one moment to the next, life changed for us and all I ask for now is for them to not deport my husband, to give him an opportunity."